The website of the editor in chief of Christianity Today


I was born and raised in California, received my B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and did some doctoral work at U.C. Davis. I served as a Presbyterian pastor for 10 years, four in Mexico City and 6 in Sacramento, before becoming a journalist. I’ve spent 30 years as an editor with these magazines:

Leadership, a leading journal for pastors.

Christian History, a popular history magazine.

The Behemoth, our former digital magazine, which sought to help readers experience awe and wonder about God and the creation.

Christianity Today, a leading religious journal in America, a magazine of news and commentary. I am currently the editor in chief.

I’ve published dozens of articles in a variety of magazines, from devotional pieces ( like The Upper Room) to commentary on current events (New York Times) to more theological musings (Books & Culture).

I’ve written or co-written 9 books (as of September 2017), from biographies (Francis of Assisi and His World and Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals), to books on spiritual theology (like Jesus Mean and Wild and Beautiful Orthodoxy) and liturgy (Beyond Bells & Smells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy).

On a personal note: I’ve been married to Barbara for 45 years, have three grown children, and six grandchildren. I currently live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Extracurricular passions include fly fishing, camping out in my small trailer, brewing craft beer, and biking.





  • Valerie A. Fischer says:

    Hi Mark.  I loved Christianity Today’s article on 50 Women You Should Know.  Just wanted to say thanks to your magazine Christianity Today.   Sincerely, Valerie A. Fischer

    August 6, 2013 at 9:16 am
    • markgalli says:

      Valarie, Thanks for the kind words. Always appreciated!

      August 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  • Jaime Nieves says:

    Hi Mark,

    I currently serve as a United Methodist pastor and I wanted you to know that I thought your book, “Jesus Mean and Wild” was an absolutely fabulous book! So wonderfully insightful! It helped me to see, appreciate, and love our “not so nice” human Messiah in a new way! Thank you for your bold and ingenious observations.

    With gratitude,


    May 9, 2014 at 12:58 am
  • Glenda Clark says:

    Wow! A belated WOW, but better late than never. I have been about the wonderful business of researching The Second Great Awakening, and in particular when it touched the area where I live (Sumner County, TN). In cruising around the internet, I found your article in Christianity Today from 1995 entitled ‘The Revival at Cane Ridge’. It was so incredibly well written that I just had to write to you. I don’t know if you will receive this little email, but if you do, please accept my gratitude for one amazing article. The last two paragraphs of the article encapsulated how very similar what happened at Cane Ridge was to many other places and times when Heaven reached down and touched Earth. It is so very encouraging to be able to read words that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt were birthed out of a gift from God. Sorry it took me so long to find it! As I compile the information I am gathering on this very personal event in history, may God grant me that very same gift of words!
    With sincere appreciation,
    Glenda Clark

    June 4, 2015 at 10:44 pm
    • markgalli says:


      How kind of you to write, I’m very appreciative of your words. Many blessings.

      June 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm
  • Derek F rench says:

    Concerning your May 20th, 2016 Christianity opinion peace, and your advice that we should maybe bake two cakes for the homosexual marriage, I wonder what other “two” activities you advocate? Stealing? Abortion? Backbiting? Bombing? Lying if asked? Two affairs…if asked? Don’t make sense from scripture. Thanks.

    June 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm
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    September 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm
  • Pastor Bob Tarasiak says:

    “The Church’s Biggest Challenge in 2017
    Let’s get unchurched evangelicals back into church, and prejudiced evangelicals back to the Bible.” Greeting in Christ Mark. Based upon the above article you wrote in CT magazine, I have a few responses I would like to share. First of all, I must insist you have a failed a very important biblical premise that scripture clearly reveals in the aspect of Apostle Paul’s letter to the Roman Church, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:1-2). Christians who stand on the authority and scriptural truth will not compromise the truth thereof. Whether Black, White, Asian, etc., there is no difference in the aspect of proper exegesis of scripture revealing wisdom. With this in mind, anyone who is ILLEGAL is a criminal per the laws of the land, that is the US government. Whether they are a refugee or not, if coming to the USA illegal than they are in violation of a law and should be held accountable thereof. My parents came her to the USA from Nazi prison camps after WWII LEGALLY with a sponsor, Poland was destroyed and the USA opened the doors for them to begin anew in here in the USA. They did not come here illegally, they came with a sponsor who took them under their wing. Please understand I do not have anything against anyone who needs assistance and humane sustenance for survival, etc. If you or I wanted to just show up in Mexico illegally do you really think they would accept you and support you with all the government entitlements as we have here? Sanctuary cites for ILLEGALS? Here is the reality, Jesus is the example and Christians all should be available to help and support the poor and the refugee, I get it. However, to break the law by contributing to the illegal criminal act is not only against the law of the land, but against the Word of God as described above. Remember one must “render onto Caesar what is Caesars and to God want is Gods.” If one calls themselves a Christian and supports illegal aliens whether refugee or border jumping people, than they are committing a violation of the law and a violation of God’s Word in not “being subject to the governing authorities.” Illegals can follow procedure and the rule of law in the process of entering the USA. Im my experience, I have petitioned my Sister-in-law and Brother -in-law back in 2002 to come legally to the USA, the petition was approved in 2008, I am still waiting for a VISA to be issued! Why? Probably due to the excessive illegal immigration problem and the lack of funds to help in my matter? And the medical costs alone for illegals coming to the USA is probably billions that tax payers are paying for their criminality. Again, I will gladly help any one in Spiritual ways, bringing the Gospel, advancing the kingdom of God, but to allow illegals to enter the USA as they wish is chaos and disorder, which is against the God of order and peace…

    June 30, 2017 at 6:46 pm
  • Peter Privitera says:

    Mark, is there an email address where I could send you a note?

    March 22, 2018 at 5:46 pm
  • Robert Koller says:

    Just finished your book on Karl Barth.I have read a lot on Barth over the last 50 years, but you have done an exceptional job at covering the man, his times, and his theology. Thanks for your dedicated offering.

    June 17, 2019 at 3:50 am
    • markgalli says:

      Robert, Thanks for those kind words.

      July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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